The Battle of the Bulge

An m-36 tank destroyer during the Battle of the Bulge.

Why is it called the Battle of the Bulge?

The Battle of the Bulge was a conflict that took place during World War II,  from December 1944- January 1945. The battle took place when the German army fought their way into Belgium, creating a dent, or "bulge" in the defenses of the Allied army.

What was it like to be an American soldier during the Battle of the Bulge?

Because the surprise attack on the Americans who were camped in the Ardennes Forest took place at four o clock in the morning, many soldiers were extra tired. The camp also had a lot of new recruits, which were soldiers that had not been in big battles, so they were scared.

The Germans who ambushed the camp also tricked the Americans by dressing up in US soldier uniforms and cutting all the telephone wires before starting the fight. The American soldiers were tired, scared, confused, and cold due to the weather in the battle site.

The Battle Site - The Ardennes Mountains

Who won the Battle of the Bulge?

The Americans fought hard to hold the Germans back from getting too far into Belgium. Although they lost the fight in the beginning, they stood their ground at a town called Bastogne. With additional help from General Patton, the US Army eventually made the German forces retreat. Although people on both sides of the fighting died the United States Army was declared the winner of the Battle of the Bulge.

General George Patton helped the United States win the Battle of the Bulge.

How does this event still impact our lives today?

The Battle of the Bulge still impacts our lives today because it teaches us the importance of sticking to a plan. The Battle of the Bulge was one of the last big skirmishes of World War II. If the US Army had not stood its ground, and divided itself to attack both sides of the German "bulge," then Germany may have gained more land and the War would have continued for even longer.

Because the American soldiers committed to staying and holding back the German Army, the fighting in Europe ended sooner. This may have allowed  some men to go home, start families, and raise up kids who would become our relatives. The Battle also taught us that sheer aggression is not always the best way to win a fight.

Sources

- Tank photo: http://www.ww2incolor.com/us-armor/m-36_3ad.html

- General Patton Photo: http://thisisrealmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014...

- Bamford, R. T. (1993). The Battle of the Bulge. (cover story). Cobblestone, 14(1), 31.

- Battle of the Bulge. Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, Q1 2014. History Reference Center Database.

The Allies Defeat Germany at the Battle of the Bulge. (1999). Great Events (p. 508). US: Salem Press.

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